Bangalore International Centre had organised a dialogue on “Churning the Oceans for Pepper and Christ”. The Dialogue was between Mr. Keki N Daruwalla, Poet, short story writer and novelist and Dr. Arshia Sattar, Independent Scholar and Translator on Monday, 8th August, 2016 at 6.30 PM.
This historical fiction, authored by Keki N Daruwalla was sited in an era 500 years earlier and tried to recreate the age. As he talked about it, it was a great age –for voyaging, discovering new lands, for the efflorescence of literature, for a new way of thinking followed by doubt and reformation. Evil was always around, and so was slavery, gunpowder, greed, piracy and fanatical nationalism, as the colonialists fought with each other, followed. Also the pogroms—against the Jews.
In an engaging conversation, Dr. Arshia Sattar drew out the motive and the inspiration which led Mr. Daruwalla to pen this historical fiction. Mr. Daruwalla who professionally was a hard core Police Officer, explained that he tried his creativity, first in the field of poetry and moved on to prose much later. He travelled extensively in various parts of Europe and Middle East, more particularly Egypt and gathered a whole lot of historical materials which found place in his fictional works. He confessed that he wrote his book at various points of time, and not in a sustained manner in a fixed period. The remarkable candour and bon homie with which Dr. Arshia and Mr. Daruwalla conversed to bring out the subtle nuances of the book enlivened the interactive session.